It feels like summer has already arrived here in Minnesota, but the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, Memorial Day! While I can’t wait to enjoy the day off with my family, it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.
Starting as Decoration Day after the Civil War, it didn’t become Memorial Day officially until after World War II to honor all the fallen men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In cemeteries all across the nation, graves will be decorated with flowers and flags to honor those who gave everything to protect the freedom we all enjoy. Flags will also fly at half-staff to remember the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and raised at noon to remind us all that it’s up to us to make sure that their sacrifice wasn’t for nothing.
While this is a sobering holiday, it’s also important to enjoy the freedom that American soldiers have been protecting for over 230 years. Awesome parades and family fun will be happening all over America. Even if you don’t have a big parade near you, it’s always great to get outside with your family. Have a picnic, play some games, and enjoy the day off.
If you need an idea for a fun Memorial Day activity to do with your family, why not have a scavenger hunt?
I have two scavenger hunt options for you. 🙂
The first one is a photo scavenger hunt. All you need is a camera (or a cellphone with a camera), transportation, and people to have fun with.
I recommend splitting into teams if you have a big group or just work together and forget about the points. Head out into your local community and have fun taking photos and selfies. Mimic statues, be creative, have fun, but please remember to be respectful of people and places, especially where heroes are being honored. If you can bless someone who has served our country or their family member, you should receive at least 10 bonus points. 🙂
The next option is a really flexible Scavenger Hunt.
This hunt just requires that you find something that coordinates with each letter of Memorial Day. You can take photos, gather items, or perform a task for each letter. Or anything else that works well with the hunt. It can take place indoors or outside, single or as a group, and any age can participate. Of course anything America themed should get extra points. 😉
I hope you really enjoy these scavenger hunt ideas with your friends and family this Memorial Day. With summer just starting, outdoor activities to enjoy with your kids is always a good thing.
Another way to honor the troops is to fly the American flag in your own yard.
Heartland America has a great option to have an American flag proudly flying in your yard. The Fly-Right US flag kit is quick and easy to set up, and it is designed to keep the flag from tangling. Show your pride in the American freedom all of the Armed Forces have fought and keep fighting for.
Remember at 3pm to take a moment of silence for those brave men and women who gave their lives to protect all of us and the freedom we enjoy. Get outside with your family this Memorial Day, have some fun, and honor the fallen heroes. Also remember that you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.